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Mail-order abortion involves buying the abortion drugs (also known as the “abortion pill”) online. However, buying the abortion drugs online comes with risks to your health, and the FDA advises against it.

If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering buying the abortion drugs online, read on to learn the top three things you need to know beforehand. Or, if you want to talk to someone about your pregnancy and options, contact Pregnancy Care Center* to schedule a free, confidential appointment.

*Pregnancy Care Center does not perform or refer for abortion.

1. Know the Risks

The abortion drugs are powerful, and buying them online puts your health at risk.

The abortion drugs you can find online aren’t approved by the FDA, which means that the source, potency, and safety of these drugs can’t be verified.

The abortion drugs you can receive from a reputable pharmacy come with risks, including:

  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
  • An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

However, since the ingredients and effectiveness of the online abortion drugs can’t be guaranteed, other health risks are possible.

2. Know If You’re Eligible for the Abortion Drugs

Some women aren’t eligible for the abortion drugs because certain situations or medical histories make you more likely to experience a risk.

If any of the following situations apply to you, you aren’t eligible for the abortion drugs:

  • Are further than 10 weeks along in your pregnancy
  • Have an intrauterine device (IUD) currently in place
  • Have a suspected ectopic pregnancy
  • Have certain medical conditions, including bleeding disorders; certain heart or blood vessel diseases; severe liver, kidney, or lung disease; or an uncontrolled seizure disorder.
  • Take a blood thinner or certain steroid medicines.
  • Can’t make follow-up visits to your provider or don’t have access to emergency care.
  • Have an allergy to the medicine used.

3. Know Your Pregnancy Details

Before seeking an abortion, it’s critical to get an ultrasound to learn key details about your pregnancy. Knowing the following details will help protect your health:

  • Pregnancy age: This is crucial if you’re considering an abortion, as your pregnancy’s gestational will determine what options are available.
  • Pregnancy location: Rarely a pregnancy develops outside the uterus. This is a life-threatening situation called ectopic pregnancy, and it needs emergency medical intervention.
  • Pregnancy viability: Roughly 26% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage, and it’s possible to miscarry without immediate symptoms. If you’ve experienced a miscarriage, you will need medical follow-up to ensure you don’t have complications.

You’re Not Alone

Facing an unplanned pregnancy can feel overwhelming, especially as you consider your options, but you’re not alone. At Pregnancy Care Center, we’re here for you, and we understand what you’re going through.

We offer free resources, information, and support to help you feel informed and empowered. Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential appointment.

*NOTE: We offer accurate information about all your pregnancy options; however, we do not offer or refer for abortion services. The information presented on this website is intended for general education purposes only and not be relied upon as a substitute for professional and/or medical advice.